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Lucy Mangan

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I've refused to celebrate my birthday since I was 13 (but I will accept cash gifts)

I have a big birthday coming up. I’m not going to tell you how big, because it’s appalling and I’m remaining in as much denial as I can for as...

09.06.2024 3

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The way men read books really explains a lot

One of my favourite internet quotes, which seems to be unattributed, is one that points out how weird reading is. “Staring at slices of marked tree...

02.06.2024 10

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The way we treat overweight men is astonishing

I was six when I started my first diet. It was a modest effort, mainly because I had no control over what was given to me to eat for my breakfast,...

19.05.2024 10

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Stormy Daniels and the power of the unshameable woman

How Donald Trump must have dreaded this day. On Tuesday, Stormy Daniels stepped into the witness stand at the former president’s criminal trial...

12.05.2024 40

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I used to scorn those who grieved people they had never met – now I understand

CJ Sansom, the author of the Shardlake series of historical mysteries (and two standalone novels), has died and I am sad. I used to talk to myself...

05.05.2024 9

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The death of Reader’s Digest is no laughing matter

So farewell then to one of the great pleasures of my youth and one to which I was very much planning to return in my old age – the Reader’s Digest...

01.05.2024 20

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Excessive sentimentality about animals leaves us blind to reality

It will undoubtedly be one of the pictures of the year. Household Cavalry horses bloodied and rampant in the streets of London, after being spooked...

28.04.2024 10

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I’ve found the key to happiness and it starts with low expectations

Bryan Johnson, for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure, is a multimillionaire biohacker who has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers...

15.04.2024 20

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After reading code of conducts for events, I have one question for men

Did you know that codes of conduct – actual written codes of conduct, with clauses, explanations, definitions and all the other quasi-legal...

07.04.2024 10

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We can’t get from A to B and it might just be the Government’s downfall

I have made several train journeys in the past few weeks. So has my husband. So have many friends of mine. All to different places, on different...

31.03.2024 40

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A Katespiracy too far

In all honesty, until now I have been quite enjoying Kategate, the mad whirl of questions and conspiracies about the whereabouts of the Princess of...

20.03.2024 4

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Jamie Oliver's air fryer series reeks of desperation - isn't he rich enough?

As I am reminded every time I look in the mirror, tackle stairs or find myself turning the pages of a Lands’ End catalogue with increasing interest...

17.03.2024 7

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Early birds and people with routines – I've had it with all of you

Morning people – early birds, the circadian-rhythmically frontloaded – have always annoyed me. We night owls work just as hard, just as...

04.03.2024 10

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I simply can’t accept William as a future king

God save the King! Not a sentiment I would normally feel the need to espouse, but we live in strange and difficult times and so I must insist that God...

26.02.2024 20

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Common sense is back – will the violently stupid be able to cope?

This week my friend had to pay in a large cheque at the bank, a very generous gift from her child’s godmother. The teller – a woman of late...

19.02.2024 20

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I tried to be optimistic for a month - it made me more delusional than ever

Oh, thank God January’s over. It’s a shame it leads into February, obviously, which is by far the bleakest month and frankly doesn’t get enough...

05.02.2024 10

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My son says he is not a book person. Where did my parenting go wrong?

My husband and I were just minding our own business the other evening when our 12-year-old son appeared in front of us with an announcement. “I,”...

28.01.2024 10

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You can't put a price on the joy of libraries

Shh! An independent review of public libraries in England has just been published. Commissioned by culture minister Stephen Parkinson, and conducted...

21.01.2024 10

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My advice to men in the delivery ward? Shut up

I have just one child. This is not wholly but in very large part because I almost died giving birth to him. When people heard that I’d had the baby...

15.01.2024 6

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By the end of 2024 I want to be sharing a bunk bed with my husband

It is the end of the year, and I will be honest. It is hard to look back and point with any degree of certainty or satisfaction at any significant...

31.12.2023 8

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It's our first Christmas without Dad and we don't quite know what to do

Are you having a weird Christmas? We are. It’s our first without Dad, who died in January. My sister and I have had nearly 50 Christmases with him,...

24.12.2023 10

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A squirt of watery mayonnaise and suddenly I understood why the UK is in such a mess

I started a new squirty bottle of mayonnaise yesterday (I know, I know, it’s almost too fascinating to bear already, but stay with me) and it was…...

18.12.2023 6

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The Government’s plea for ‘personal resilience’ is bulging with contempt

Well, I hope you have all added torches, batteries, candles, camping stoves and clockwork radios to your Christmas lists, in accordance with the...

10.12.2023 40

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